An operation for stone in the head. Oil painting by a follower of Jan Sanders van Hemessen.
- Hemessen, Jan Sanders van, approximately 1500-approximately 1563.
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Pictures of a surgeon making an incision in a patient's head in order to extract a stone were first collected by Henry Meige, who called the subject "pierre de tête". The pictures do not record an actual operation, but are allegorical scenes referring to the subduction of 'folly' (madness) from the body as if it were something that could be cured by surgery. See W. Schupbach, loc. cit.
1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 70 x 96.3 cm
W. Schupbach, 'A new look at the cure of folly', Medical history, 1978, 22: 267-281
Wellcome Library no. 44860i